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Are my rams too old to butcher?? Help!!
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Charlie    Posted 11-23-2004 at 08:58:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hello there everyone,
I'm so glad to have found this site. We not only moved to the country, we decided to raise sheep for meat & milk. Although we researched into a better breed for milk, the time in which to butcher the lambs was not an issue - the bigger the lamb the more meat - so we thought. We've been told otherwise and as I researched today I found that perhaps ours are much too old to butcher?
We have a medium-large breed and the rams have not been castrated. The big rams are about 15 months old, and the smaller ones are about 8 to 9 months old. Help!!


Fawteen    Posted 11-23-2004 at 09:42:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
The rams are no longer considered "lambs" at that age, but the only difference that makes is that the meat will taste a little stronger. Technically, it's "mutton" now. Should still be tasty...


Hmm...    Posted 11-23-2004 at 09:39:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
If it were me, I would butcher and package, but that is just me...

Sheep should be 9 months or under normally, but hey...You got what you got and should make the best of it...

Others will have other opinions I am sure...

Salmoneye,


Texas    Posted 11-23-2004 at 12:03:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Does sheep taste like chicken?

Texas - Who has never eaten sheep. Beef, its whats for supper!


No...    Posted 11-23-2004 at 13:53:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mutton, Lamb, Goat, all have their own tastes...

What is really good is baked woodchuck, but you have to know how to clean em and get the musk glands under the legs...

:-)

Salmoneye,


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